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Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association 



v. 1. 1844 



v. 11. 1895 



v.2. 1856 



v. 12. 1896 



v. 3. 1873 



v. 13. 1897 



v.4. 1879 



v. 14. 1898 



v. 5. 1881 



v. 15. 1899 



v. 6. 1885 



v.7. 1886 



v. 16. 1900 



v. 8. 1887 



v. 9. 1889 



v. 10. 1892 



V 






MINUTES 



SIXTY-FIFTH ,ANNUAL SESSION 



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Mulberry Baptist Association, 



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Rehoboth Church, Bibb County, Alabama, 



September 88th and 80th, 1892. 



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J. M. Langston, Moderator Six Mile, Ala. 

R. M. Honevcutt, Clerk Jemison, Ala. 



The next session will he held with Providence Church, Chilton 

County, Ala , oh Saturday he/ore the fourth 

Sunday in September, iSpj. 



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The sixty-fifth annua! session of the Mulberry Baptist \ssocia- 
uon was held with Rehoboth Baptist church, Bibb countv Ala 
on September aSth and aoth, 1*92 . 

The introductory sermon was preached by William A Wood 
from Rom j»a, 53, after which a recess was taken for dinner. 

At 2 p, m. the delegates assembled in the church house, and 
after devotional exercises, was called to order by the former Mod- 
erator, who appointed brethren Z. J. Jones and LB. Pounds as 
reading committee The names of the churches was then called, 
the letters read, and the names of the delegates enrolled as fol- 
lows; 

^*^«^-L R hM»fel W. Gwtry, J JT. Bieka, J. T, CUlia*, David 

^fe^*?*^.—^ X Mania, *W A. Mi»s. *W lx Mania. 
r An,,sw *—J_-"„i-«««SN», SntiMt SniriMsvan, J. W. Finrir— n,. *W N 
Laww axefe, *W. B. Thorna* M. D. Laagsoan, *M. F. M«nea&ju&Z7TlX fW" 

H^^^TcIb*^ 5to0TCaiU * T * ,, "* S Ckajw » *J W. — til. Juan 
mJUST* 1 S *** B8f9 -* 1 X ****», W. L. Bwd^bW. J. JL. Ro4cm. IX F 

^S^S^T* 1 * ^aaajuplau, *». A. Seal*. R M Hobwt^wl *J J. Law- 
c ^fai»Jw.S*--W. Y. Xix. *J. p. STix. *Atannder riw,,^ *w. W. 

Ufeetuy Bill— W. A. W«*»d, J. X. WsMsasa*, Xwaa Utttejoaa. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of officers, and 
on motion, J. M. la n gs ton and R. M. Honeycutt, the former 
Moderator and dark, were re-elected by acclamation. Visiting 
brethren were' then invited to seats with as. 

Churches were then invited to unite with us. Enon church, 
Bibb countv. presented a tetter and delegates, which was received 
into our union. Names of the delegates present— F. M. Arnold 
and S. L. Johnson. Asked for correspondence. 

On motion, it was agreed to hare a sermon each day of this 
session at it a, m. 

A committee was then appointed by the Moderator as a Devo- 
tional committee, consisting of W. Y. Nix, F. M. Arnold, and the 
deacons of Rehoboth church. 

The following special committees were then announced- On 
Finance— W. Y. Nix, J. T. Smitherman andZ. J. Jones- on 
Documents— A. J. Lee, M. M. I«angston, J. N Williams; on 
Nominations— Sutton Smitherman, \\\ B. Crosby, S. L. John- 



The committee on Home Religion offered their report, which 
was read, and on motion to adopt, was discussed by L. B 
Pounds. 

On motion, further discussion was postponed until to-morrow 
morning. 

The Devotional committee then made the following report, 

which was adopted : Prayer meeting to-morrow at 8:30 a. m.[ 

conducted by Sutton Smitherman: preaching at 11 by R. m' 
Honeycutt. 

Homes for the delegates during the session was then an- 
nounced, and on motion, the Association adjourned until to-mor- 
row at 9 a. m. 

SECOND DAY. 

The prayer meeting was conducted by Bro. Smitherman, who 
read the 113th Psalm. The service was enjoyed by many, and we 
believe resulted in good for the cause of Christ. 

The Association commenced business at 9 by calling the roll 
and marking absentees . 

Called for correspondence: Eld. W. J Ruddick was received 
from the Unity Associaton . 
^ The following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That we authorize and instruci any of our members when vis- 
iting other Associations to present themselves as corresponding messengers 

The report of the committee on Home Religion was again 
taken up and discussed by brethren Sutton Smitherman, William 
A. Wood and others. The report was then adopted . 
REPORT ON HOME RELIGION. 

Wr. your committee on Home Religion, offer the following report: 
Brethren, we feel that this subject is one above many oth.>r subjects We 
feel that there is need of more home religion. We should so Jive that our 
neighbors could see the light of our religion. If we would have an influ- 
ence abroad we must practice religion at home. How can we claim to be 
disciples of Christ and not live religious at home? The Master hatb said if 
we would be his disciples we must denv ourselves take up our cross and fol- 
low him. How can we pray and sing awav from home wh-n we neglect 
this at home? We should have more religion at home every dav, and then 
our influence would be stronger abroad, and in our church and Sabbath- 
school. Respectfully submitted, 

Alex Glasscock, Chairman . 

The report of the committee on Temperance and Prohibition 
was then read, and on motion to adopt, was discussed by Sutton 
Smitherman, and on motion the business was suspended for the 
1 1 o'clock sermon, and the brother who was appointed proceeded 
to address the people, and was listened to attentively for a short 
time while he discussed Eph. 2:10, after which a recess was taken 
for dinner. 

At 1 p. m. the body resumed business again, and the discussion 



of the report on Temperance was continued by S . M . Adams, W. 
J . Ruddick and others, and then adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 
We vour committee on Temperance and Prohibition, offer the following 
report' y Brethren, we realize that there is much involved in the subject of 
Tempe'ranS We should be temperate in all things. We as Chnst,ans, 
«hm,Vd^e temperate in talking; we should be very careful how we speak. 
Brethren we Jh o use tobacco should be temperate in the use of it We 
S^tWs^leThe house of God almost disgraced with the use of tobacco. 
ThTs11™"tLXto.^eBU^>o». Bro Moderator and brethren, that the 
£& Mint to get at is strong arink. Brethren, we are sorry to report on 
Thin subtect We believe that blind tiger whisky is being sold all over this 
count"? We have evidence of this fact, and we fear that members of the 
chureh who profess to be the disciples of Christ, are patronizing those 
thirds and th4rehv destroying their influence as Christians Brethren for 
the °Sui of our Master and for the good of our country, this ought not to 
be TefSs al Christians, remember that our Lord has said « I any man 
will come afteTme let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. 
May the grace of the Lord Jesu, in our hearts help us to overcome this evil 

and be temperate in all things. 

1 Respectfully submitted, . 

Sutton Smitherman, Chairman. 

The following resolutions as an amendment to the report on 
temperance, were adopted : 
Resolved, That we as Baptists will not drink intoxicating drinks as a bev- 

"2nd That we will not vote for any man for office," State or County, office 
of honor or profit, who is accustomed to getting drunk. 

The committee on State and Home Missions were called on for 
their report, which was submitted and adopted, after discussion 
by L. B. Pounds and others: 

REPORT ON STATE AND HOME MISSIONS. 

In taking consideration of the.importance of State Mission work in view 
of the rapid increase of population, the springing up of many new towns, 
where vice and idolatry runs riot, together with many yet unsuphed sec- 
tions whlre the glorious message of eternal life is not fully made known 
we may say thaf with consideration before us, that we can but urge the 
brethren of the Mulberry Association to awake to a realization of the duty 
that rests upon Tthem of coming up to the help of those who are straining 
every nerve w spread the message of truth among those even of our own 

^Brlthren ^neeXYtefnow the condition of those destitute places to 
see^the great Importance of contributing to the means of sending our best 
nfeacLrstnto^Kse strongholds of satin, to battle against the powers of 
Sn anrdarkness A nd while we are the recipients of the gospel in our own 
vicinUies can wewithhold the helping hand from those who are yet more 

ne We y *n-ust sustain those who are willing to face the opposition for the sake 
of our Messed Master and the salvation of the souls of our fellow ^men. 

Those dear brethren must be sustained by those that ar « ^J. ^' as tD6y 
dn not as vet know or appreciate the message of our Lord s gospel. 

Brethren Tlbe promise of the Lord is that, if we give that it shall be re- 
turned lS us abundantly increased, good measure, pressed down, heaped up 
and running over. Then let us consecrate ourselves, our means and our all 
that we have to the Master's cause. B ^^ ^^ 



The committee on Foreign Missions made their report, as fol- 
lows, which was adopted: F 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 
Your committee on Fore'gn Missions submit the following- 
Dear brethren : From the best information that we can set the cai-se of Christ 

nn w a -in g WODd f rful u pr ^ ress in forei * n land «- Ten^earfaTo tnere were 
on v ,40 converts to the Baptist faith, no church; now we hav f 73 churches 
with a membership of 141,513: is not that wonderful? cnurches 

Dear brethren, why not push this grand work forward seeing the I^rd in 
blessing cur efforts" Let us, therefore, work more elTestlv wLn we know 
that those poor creatures who worship idols can never get to heave* le" ul 
therefor , strive the more earnestly to teach them the way and plan of' sal va 
tion. ,ay God incline our hearts to do sd, is the nray^Tyou P r commTtteS: 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. J Lee Chairman. 

The report of the committee on Periodicals was read, and after 
discussion by S. M. Adams, J. M. Langston and others, was 
adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

w° U u 9. 0mm l ttee on Periodicals would offer the following- 
We believe that one of the moving powers of the world to-dav is in neri 
odical literature, and that the opinionV of people are often moulded P a "d 
shaped by what they read. Put first, last, and all the time, we would most 

%*%? ivK r , eCOn r e . nd t0 u the l aint8 ' an hone8t < c » r « f «l and pTaveTful sSdy 
of the Bible. We fear that the Bible is too often supplanted bv periodicals 
though good in their place. While the world may' move with wonSul' 
rapidity, yet the Bible is ever abreast with the times wonderful 

To those who wish to know what the Baptists of Alabama are doing we 

£oXTnVn h ~i AL M AMA BaP " 8T 7otho8e who wi8h ■» k ««P Ported on 
M°aior J Journal M,8810n8 ' we recommend Our Home Field and^ Foreign 

M JL°^ r i SUDda ^ 8Rhool T 8 we recommend The Southern Baptist Convention 
^l?l L leBa0 ? help8 J D conclu «on we say read all books and periodicals 
iSg the Bibfe " tbe W ° rld ' S h ° pe ' and that wiU aid us i°S2 

Respectfully submitted, 
. Z. J. Jones. 

Committee on Nominations made their report, as follows- 

REPORT ON NOMINATIONS. 
We recommend that the place of our next meeting be with Providence 

' wn PCh irSS. lt T n M U ? ty ' a ? d "I"* Satu i: day beforethe^thS^ndaV?n8ept! 
1S!U Elder J. M. Langston to preach the Introductory Sermon- LB 

^S^SSS.u*;. Tff ESSJST^SJS? " d " l4at "° the 8 °" th 

S. Smitherman, Ch'n. 
Report adopted. 

The report of the Committtee on Finance, as follows: 

Received for minutes $ 2 ~ ^ 

for missions '.'.'.!'.'".".'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. ... T.V... ... 2 00 

Total • , : SkToo 

W. Y. Nix, Cbairman. 
Report adopted. 

On motion the clerk was ordered to have 6oo copies of these 
minutes printed and that he receive ten dollars for his services. 



The report of the committee on Sabbath-Schools was then read 
and adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

The Sabbath school is a place where every member of the church can find 
a place to accomplish some good work for the cause of Christ. It is a place 
where the old can meet and study God's Word, and also impart the knowl- 
edge thus gained lo the yonng. 

The mission of the Sabbatb-school is to assist God's people in gaining 
knowledge. To scatter Bible truths abroad over the land. To disseminate 
relieious literature, and finally to save souls for Christ 

We are proud to note the fact that more interest is bping manifesed in 
this good work for the last few ye"»rs than was formerly the case. It shows 
that the people are being more fully aroused to their duty than they were 
before. The Sabbath school workers are laboring with more zeal and earn- 
estness. The scholars and attendants have become more enthused with the 

spirit of Christ .■■««-.'■,« , • ^ 

We have in our Association a 8abbath School Convention which meets 
regularly, where the Sabbath-school workers meet together and discuss the 
work cf the Sabbath-School and devif e plans by which the y can more suc- 
cessfully perform this work for the Master. It is a great pleasure to attend 
the meetings of this convention, foi there we learn what a grand work is 
being done for the Lord through this agency. .„ - „ . 

Much good may be accomplished and many good results will follow where 
the people will take hold of this work with the zeal and earnestness that 

they should. , . ■'. -, . .„. 

To attend and assist in this work is a duty every member of the church 
should feel impressed with, for by this part of Christ's work as much as any 
other may sinners be brought to see the light and influence of the Christian 
people, and oy this means they may also be brought to see and feel that 
Christ is their Saviour, and learn what He would have them do to inherit 
eternal life. . ■ __ ... „ ', 

In conclus : on we would say to those engaged in this work we bidyouUod . 
speed, and to those who are not engaged witn us, come and join us, we assure 
von God will bless you, and you will feel better by having done His will. 
" May kind Providence send.his choicest blessings on all who are engaged in 
the Sabbath-school work. ■ 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. C. Hubbard, Ch'n. 

The committee's report on Ministerial Education was then re- 
ceived, and adopted: 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your committee on Ministerial Education submit the following: 
We think no better investment could be made than to give this cause our 
most hearty support. If the heathen are to be saved at all, they are to be 
saved by the preached gospel, and as long as there is anxious young men 
that are unprepared we think it to be our duty to help. We are made to 
believe when we think of this fast age, that they will be unprepared to do 
much good, unless they are educated. To preach means to teach and how 
can a man teach that he don't know. We feel truly thankful to God for 
what has already. been accomplished by the Board of Ministerial Education. 
We recommend the hearty co-operation of this Association with the Board 
of Ministerial Education. w fi ^^ Ch , Q 

The Moderator then announced the following 
STANDING COMMITTEES. 

On Home Religion— J. T. Collins, M. F. Lawley. A. W. Gentry. 
Temperance and Prohibition— R. 8. Jones, David Johnson, John E. Jones. 



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Stat*. Home and Foreign Missions— M. D. Langston, Sutton 8mitbennan, 
J C Hicks 

Periodicals— A. L. Foshee, W. H Oonwav, VV. H. Shaw. 
Sabbath-schools— A. G'ataock, J Bice, J P. Gentry. 
Ministerial Education — '/.. J. Jones, W. Y. Nix. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered to Rehoboth 
church and friends for their kindness to us during the tiii* we have been 
wiih them. M. D. Lanustok. 

The Association having finished the business of its session, ad- 
journed to meet with Providence church, five miles north of Jem- 
ison, Chilton county, Ala., on Saturday before the 4th Sunday in 
September, 1893. 

J. M. LANGSTON, Moderator, 
R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk, Six Mile, Ala. 

Jemison, Ala. 



DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

The next meeting of the first district of this Association will be 
held with Mars Hill Church on Friday before the first Sunday in 
August, 1893. The introductory sermon by Sutton Smithermon, 
J. M. Langston, alternate. 

Subjects. — 1st. Is it the duty of all the members of the church 
to pay their part in the support of their church > ' Opened by T . 
J. Hicks. 

2nd. Should a church call a pastor for an indefinite time or not? 
Opened by J M. Gothard and.W. Y. Nix. 

3rd. Is it the duty of all Christians to exercise in public? 
Opened by J. C. Hicks and A. Glasscock. 

4th. What constitutes a call to the ministry? Opened by L. 
B Pounds and S. D. Posey. 

The next meeting of the second district will be held with Min- 
eral Spring church, commencing on Friday before the 4th Sunday 
in July, 1893. David A. Seals to preach the introductory sermon, 
A. Li Foshee, alternate. 

Subjects — 1st. The Apostles prayed, "Lord increase our 
faith." Does the individual Christian aid by his efforts in bring- 
ing about this increase of faith ? And, if so, what may he do to 
promote the increase of faith? Opened by VV. B. Crosby and 
Jonathan Bice. 

2nd. Is it the privilege and duty of Christians to live up to the 
teachings of the Sermon "on the Mount? Opened by W. D. Mar- 
tin and J VV. Maddox, Jr. 

3rd. Is water baptism essential to the salvation of the believer 
in Christ? Opened by \V. H. Conway. 

4th. Is it right for a church to have a preacher ordained to the 
work of the gospel ministry who cannot read the Scripture intel- 
ligibly; if not, what should be done for him ? Opened by W. N. 
Johns and W. H.Shaw. 



STATISTICS OF MULBERRY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION— 1892. 



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